Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of ethnicity following remarks he made in his native language on several vernacular radio stations concerning him.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Sonko also accused the President of chest thumbing about making him the Governor of Nairobi and also being behind his removal from office recently.
“My attention has been drawn to utterances made by President Uhuru Kenyatta earlier today while speaking in his native Kikuyu language on various vernacular stations, alleging that he is the one who made me the Governor of Nairobi, and confessing that he is the one who initiated my removal from office to what he termed as “my leadership style that nearly grounded services in the City.”
Sonko dismissed the remarks saying that he was elected by close to a million residents of Nairobi county, votes that were more than what the president himsel had garnered in 2017, making it clear he was not a presidential appointee.
He accused the president of using Kikuyu language on the radio stations to exclude the rest of Kenyans terming it as an embarrassment for a president to purport to make the state of the nation address using his mother tongue.
“This act alone is in gross violation of Article 131 (1) (e) of the Constitution of Kenya that demands that the President shall be a symbol of national unity and Secondly, it is shameful for a sitting president to lie to a Section of Kenyans through his native language, in the hope that other communities will never understand what he said,” read the Facebook post.
He went ahead to narrate how he had found Nairobi City on its knees after what he described as an endemic culture of stealing public resources at the expense of services delivery, a culture that was initiated by the President’s half-sister Margaret Kenyatta when she was the Mayor of Nairobi in 1970-1976.
“It is from that time that public lands and utilities were stolen with wanton abandon, zoning laws and policies disregarded with impunity, and many other vices became the hallmark of the operations of City Hall,” he reiterated.
Sonko says upon assuming office in 2017, he cracked down on the cartels that had held Nairobi hostage for decades, sealed all the looting avenues by digitizing revenue collection, and Nairobians began to enjoy services once again without having to offer or pay a bribe.
He went ahead to list some of his milestones while in office which included confidence from international Agencies and Partners like the World Bank, UNEP, UNDP, DANIDA, over 140km of roads in under two years, construction of three (3) new fire stations in Waithaka, Kangundo Road and Ruaraka in less than two years while the last and only fire station in Nairobi on Tom Mboya Street was constructed in 1907.
He emphasized that within a year, he transformed Pumwani Hospital to a world-class facility that saw infant and maternal mortality rates decline and did construction of the Karandini, New Wakulima, Mwariro, Westlands and City Park ultra-modern markets with a combined capacity of hosting over 15,000 traders.
“The list is long, and I am extremely proud of my achievements in the first two years, before the cartels from Statehouse and the President’s family hatched a scheme to disrupt my administration by endless summonses by their puppet EACC, culminating in my dramatic arrest on December 6th, 2019 over frivolous allegations,” he said.
Sonko supported his remarks with reference to various links and reports by the EACC, the Controller of Budget, the Auditor General and other International Agencies between 2017 and 2019.
“What the President will never tell Kenyans is that his selfish family agenda was the motivation behind my illegal and hurried removal from office. The Kenyatta family has set out on an elaborate plan to misuse Nairobi County resources to build infrastructure for their Northlands City project, hence the illegal demolitions and evictions we saw in Ruai Kariobangi and Korogocho in the guise of expanding the Nairobi’s sewerage infrastructure,” he added.
In conclusion he accused the President of mobilizing resources and senators to save Anne Waiguru after the Kirinyaga County Assembly had impeached her over corruption allegations claiming that Ms. Waiguru who had earlier ‘been given lighter duties’ by President Uhuru Kenyatta is safely in office and untouchable as long as she can sing BBI.
He questioned what the president had to show despite borrowing over 8 trillion shillings in the last 8 years, apart from unprecedented unemployment, poverty and hopelessness in millions of Kenyans while accusing him of using the Handshake and BBI to sell hope to youth when millions of jobs promised remain a mirage.
“I wish to urge the President to own up to Kenyans that he has been incompetent and incapable of running a country from the first day, and holding independent institutions at ransom while harassing and tormenting leaders who tell him the truth will not save him from the wrath of hungry and angry Kenyans, indeed Chief Justice (retired) David Maraga was not wrong when he suggested that the President should have been impeached by now,” concluded the statement.